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  • Audio CD: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (19 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478980907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478980902
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.8 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,781 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.

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"'The last line of "The Silkworm," which will lift the hearts of readers who have come to love its deeply sympathetic characters, offers the prospect of more of that joy both for her and for us." Charles Finch, ""USA Today "(3.5/4 stars)""

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The second book in the highly acclaimed crime fiction series by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
I read and enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling and so was looking forward to this follow-up. As with the first book I was much more taken by the characters than the plot. Strike is extremely likable and very well-rounded and the relationships between the main characters are really believable. Location too is great; I know that corner of London very well and it was lovely to read it brought to life so evocatively.

Sadly, it’s the plot that lets the whole book down; it reads like a crime novel written by someone who hasn’t read much crime. It lacks the pace of a Val McDermid or a PD James novel and so my main reason for finishing the book was because I was enjoying the character development.

I’d read another one, but hopefully it will be about a hundred pages shorter and have a bit more pace behind it.
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77 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Jack Croxall (Author/Journo) on 5 July 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Eight months after the Landry case and Strike is back. Inundated with rich clients wanting their adulterous spouses tailed, the private detective is relieved to receive a likeable visitor with a quandary actually worth investigating. The wife of not-quite-famous author, Owen Quine, Leonora Quine wants her missing husband found. Cormoran takes on the case and quickly finds himself in and amongst London's squabbling literary circle, caught up in the mess created by Quine upon circulation of his latest manuscript; a libellous book in which he viciously attacks almost everyone he's ever worked with.

`Write what you know' is the age old adage and, where Rowling dipped into her experience of fame for The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm deals with a publishing world going through an identity crisis. Traditional publishing, self-publishing and the internet's influence are all fleetingly examined, and you can't help but wonder how many of Cormoran's suspects include portions of the real-life people Rowling encountered during her remarkable rise to superstardom. But then, given the repercussions of Quine's own manuscript, Bombyx Mori (Latin for silkworm), borrowed traits might well have been too ironic an inclusion for even the most cavalier of writers - an enjoyable conundrum to deliberate whilst reading.

A literary yet accessible crime thriller, The Silkworm is, like its predecessor, an excellent read. The mystery is moreish, the characters well-crafted, and the side plots - particularly the continuing animosity between Strike and his assistant's fiancé - are genuinely enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lili on 29 Jun. 2014
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Strike and Robin, a private detective and sidekick duo that resonate with the reader. These two character's created by the author are both realistic and appealing. The myriad of side players with unforgettable foibles bring the whole story to life, A very enjoyable read even if at times the imagination, names and contents (in the book within the book) conjured up by the author are, shall we say, a little magical.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane on 11 July 2014
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Good to see Cormorant Strike and his sidekick Robin back again, these characters are enjoyable to read, but what a letdown! What should have been another great story has been spoilt by the ridiculous, unbelievable plot line of Quine's Bombyx Mori, with pretentious, dislikeable characters throughout. Disappointment isn't the word!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wk on 15 Feb. 2015
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I enjoyed the first Strike book but this one was a major disappointment. I just about finished it but it was a struggle to do so. The characters were bizarre and the plot was frankly unbelievable. i don't think this type of novel is J K Rowling's forte and I won't buy any future one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eithne Boylan on 27 Oct. 2014
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I thought this book was all over the place. Apart from Strike and Robin, the characters were so flat, and I had difficulty remembering who was who......

It's hard work to read.

The plot is ridiculous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Aug. 2014
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Having enjoyed "The Cuckoo's Calling" (not to mention all the other books of J K Rowlings) I was keen to see how the second book would fair. Although I found it darker, it was more enjoyable, possibly because I was familiar with the main characters. Once again the setting is atmospheric and beautifully observed while the characters, even the minor players, are carefully moulded to show depth and personality with all their idiosyncrasies, hang ups flaws and redeeming features.
The central plot twists and drags the reader through the streets of snowbound London, but I will not give away the main tenet as I feel spoilers are a curse. Suffice to say I hope Ms Rowlings (aka Robert Galbraith) in her literary circle does not come into contact with the seamier side of the publishing world.
A word of warning to those of a sensitive disposition; the language is often ripe, as befits the characters, and description of the body, luridly graphic.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By S A Jubb on 1 Aug. 2014
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The Silkworm is a really good read and I would really recommend it. JK Rowling’s strength is her character development and this shines through again with the hero Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin, and you are left wanting to know more about them. The characters are extremely well thought out and there are lots of details to feast on. I particularly like all the pieces about Strike’s past at Oxford, him being rock star Jonny Rokeby’s son and his doomed love affair with Charlotte. Rowling has also clearly done her research with Strike’s disability and the problems it could cause.

Although I enjoyed this one, and its predecessor A Cuckoo Calling, I did find the plot a little clunky and, perhaps I missed them, there were no real clues throughout the novel as to who the villain was. It felt a bit like ‘pulling the curtain back.’ Plot is certainly not JK Rowling’s strength and if you like plot driven novels, you’re probably better off looking at some of the more established crime authors.

In summary, I think Rowling has hit on an excellent few characters and I expect there to be many more adventures of Cormoran Strike!
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